New discovery

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Meanwhile I have discovered that Choco yogi tea and Beech are very happy companions in a mug. A kind of big cosy bed time hug.

Martin Moran says pour it on your cornflakes!I like it on my morning oats, got to go see how chefs are using it.

Wild Liqueurs

Wild Liqueurs

My Wild Damson Liqueur is ready at last! Warm plummy notes and smooth finish make this a very popular drink.  Made in a batch of 4,000 bottles from the generous wild harvest of 2014, it may be some time before we can make this again as the wild damson plum harvest is unpredictable and elusive.

The trees blossom in April and are at risk to late frosts,  even high winds and rain can hamper pollination and leave us without a crop.

Awarded two gold stars by Great Taste of Britain and Ireland, this is a very special batch.

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My Wild Beech Leaf Liqueur is a one of a kind liqueur made from leaves handpicked in the Irish countryside. Just a little is taken from each tree and then treated according to an old family recipe which has been refined and perfected by Wild Food Mary. The resulting liqueur has burnt toffee aromas and a pleasant smokiness to it, smooth on the tongue with a lingering satisfying finish. Wild Beech Leaf Liqueur has unique flavours and lends itself well to cocktails, or as a shot served with dessert or beside a coffee.

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‘Wild Food Mary vs the World’ cocktail at FIRE Restaurant in the Mansion House, Dublin

Hidden Ireland’s Roundwood House were first to include our liqueurs in their menu. Three of Ireland’s Michelin Star chefs are also using the liqueurs in their restaurants.

I’m proud to bring you my unique liqueurs produced with care and respect for nature.

 

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Available from these retail outlets:

  • Sweeney’s; Glasnevin, Dublin
  • Redmonds; Ranelagh, Dublin
  • McCabes; Blackrock, Dublin
  •  Donnybrook Fair; Moorehampton Rd, Dublin
  •  Celtic Whiskey Shop;Stephen’s Green, Dublin
  •  Bradleys ; North main St., Cork
  •  McCambridges; Shop St, Galway
  •  Harte’s; Kildare
  •  Egan’s Wine Shop; Portlaoise
  •  Hugh Lynch’s, Tullamore
  •  Carry Out; Tullamore
  • Nally’s Centra; Tullamore
  • Super Valu; Birr, Roscrea, Banagher, Moate, Mullingar, Celbridge, Sallins, Maynooth, Clane and Blackrock Dublin.

 

And from these restaurants:

  • Fire; Mansion House, Dublin
  • Chapter One; Parnell Square, Dublin
  • Kai; Galway
  • Loam; Galway
  • Ard Bia; Galway
  • Roundwood House; Co. Laois 

 

Serving Suggestions:

Personally I enjoy the beech liqueur neat, but here are a few variations. Your recipes also very welcome – leave a comment!
WILD BEECH LIQUEUR

  • 1 measure Beech to 4 measures tonic;
  • 1 measure Beech to 2 measures fresh orange juice;
  • 1 measure Beech in your favourite coffee,
  • 1 measure Beech, or to taste in hot chocolate;
  • 1 measure Beech with dash hot water
  • Pour it over homemade ice-cream, or drizzle over a hazelnut or almond cake 😉

 

WILD  DAMSON LIQUEUR

  • Add tonic water or your favourite bubbly to a measure of Wild Damson Liqueur.
  • Straight up over ice
  • With a dash of hot water

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Winter is here.

Today I woke in Dun Laoire  to a bright sunny but chilly morning. An early morning run,  the sun lighting  up the yellow and Bronze leaves and sparkling on Dublin Bay, poetic pinks and blues of the early morning sky.

I’m out again in the afternoon another walk, this time in woods and by river suck in county Galway, low sun through the trees and on the water, flocks of ducks and waders, Blewits and Cloudy Agarics under the trees, I’ll serve these with cous-cous and veggies and a handful of Stellaria with it’s tiny white flowers.

In the fields shaded from the sun patches of fog and frost linger all day, on way home something catches my eye and I jump the wall to investigate, my curiosity is rewarded with a large patch of Horse Mushrooms. November 23,2014 003

My fleece top makes an instant “basket” to carry home the booty.

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Meanwhile I am busy introducing my Wild  Beech Leaf Liqueur to the best outlets and will have stocks in Galway, Dublin, Limerick, Cork, Tullamore, Portlaoise  and of course Birr shortly. Thank you all for inquiries and your patience. tasting at Egan’s wine shop Portlaoise Friday November 28th.

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